Spring is just around the corner and San Diego gardeners should be thinking about transitioning to warm season veggies like tomatoes, squash, and peppers. If you have spent the cool months harvesting greens and other winter vegetables, your garden soil is going to need some amendments before moving into the warm season. One of the best ways to recharge your soil is by adding compost. What many people do not …Read Blog
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Fruit trees are an important part of edible landscaping. However, many people do not know how to properly care for the fruit trees that they plant. Fruit tree pruning, like so many garden topics, can lead to heated debate as to the proper approach and methodology. While there is no “right” way to prune a tree, there are some wrong ways. Before getting into specifics for fruit trees, let’s review …Read Blog
Lettuce is one of the easiest and rewarding crops for organic gardeners to grow during the winter here in San Diego. As with most other greens like spinach and kale, lettuce grows best after temperatures have dropped in the fall. Cool nights and lower daytime highs give lettuce a sweeter taste and more tender texture. Most supermarkets have two or three varieties of lettuce to choose from but home gardeners …Read Blog
With another Thanksgiving behind us, it’s now time to shake off the food hangover and get back to the daily grind. But while the Thanksgiving spirit is still fresh in our hearts (and stomachs) we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of the non-profit organizations that are doing amazing work in our region. These organizations have been instrumental in moving San Diego toward greater sustainability. From preserving our …Read Blog
Recently we visited an old project and one of the mature ceanothus shrubs was very distressed. Ceanothus, or California Lilacs, are a group of plants that are native to California. Plants in the ceanothus genus have attractive white, blue, or lilac colored blooms and can take the form of sprawling ground covers, large shrubs, and even small trees. These plants are a favorite for sustainable landscapes because they thrive with minimal water, …Read Blog
Many people think good apples can only be produced in colder climates like the Pacific Northwest or the mountains of Julian. In reality, apples are a great addition to any backyard orchard or edible landscaping project right here in San Diego. Fuji apple are sweet and crisp with cream colored flesh making them one of our favorite choices for San Diego gardens. Chill Hours Like most deciduous fruit trees Fuji apples …Read Blog
The City of San Diego has announced new funding for home owners who are looking to convert thirsty lawns into sustainable landscapes. Unlike previous rebate programs that paid out for synthetic turf and rock-scapes, the new rebates require plants to cover at least 50% of the project area. Early this year the City of San Diego released a document outlining Sustainable Landscape Guidelines to educate homeowners and landscape professionals about …Read Blog
Figs are one of the most versatile fruit trees that are perfect for any edible or eco-friendly landscape design. Not only do they produce tasty fruit in the late summer but they form attractive trees that require minimal irrigation once established. Figs are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves during winter revealing an attractive branching structure that can add an architectural element to your landscape. A number of fig varieties …Read Blog
September is a time for transition – kids are back in school, tourists are going home, and the garden is ready for a little TLC. By now, most summer veggies have run their course and many of the drought tolerant plants in our landscapes are ready for some tidying up. As summer comes to a close here are a few chores to get your garden and landscape ready for the …Read Blog